Shipping up to Boston
by Vincent MatulaECRHA January 31st, 2020 at 12:51PM February 1st, 2020 10:41PM
The ECRHA returns to Dracut, Massachusetts for the second time this season with plenty more teams fighting for playoff spots as Regionals quickly approaches.
An action filled Saturday headlines Division 1 Farmingdale State taking on some competition from D2. The Rams find themselves going up against Stony Brook, UMass and Northeastern. Farmingdale faced Stony Brook in pre-season and fell 11-4 while defeating UMass in the same weekend by a score of 7-4.
Four different clubs from Division 2 are continuing their race towards the playoffs. The weekend begins with an early Saturday morning matchup between Northeastern’s Thomas Keith and Trevor Shea of UMass. Both players lead the division in scoring as the winning team in this contest will jump to second place. UMass grabbed a 7-3 victory over Northeastern in November when the teams collided on Long Island. The Minutemen of Massachusetts carry on with their weekend against Farmingdale and wrap it up on Sunday against Penn State. Three different players had four points in the last meeting between Penn State and UMass where the Minutemen came out on top 11-6. Just like UMass, Northeastern will draw these same two opponents. The Huskies also defeated Penn State in Feasterville by a final of 8-4.
Coming off a huge weekend in Sewell, Stony Brook University gets right back into the swing of things with their two games coming on Saturday against Farmingdale and Penn State. Dating back to February 2016, the Seawolves have won the last six regular season meetings between Penn State with four going into extra time. As for the Nittany Lions of Penn State, they go up against UMass and Northeastern on Sunday looking to avenge losses suffered back in November.
From Division 3, Syracuse University will look for their first win in program history against Endicott College. The Orange have failed to record a victory in four previous matchups against the Gulls as their most recent was an 8-2 loss at Regionals which featured Endicott moving on and eventually winning the Regional Championship. Before this game on Sunday morning, both clubs will have to play Boston and Vermont. It was an underwhelming first semester for Boston University as well as the University of Vermont. However, a larger than usual playoff field in D3 gives both clubs an equal opportunity to squeak into one of the final spots that is up for grabs. The teams will end their weekend with a match against each other. Previously this season, Boston emerged victorious against Vermont in pre-season play as the final score was 5-3.
Division 4 will be the busiest this weekend as all teams except Slippery Rock have games to be played. Farmingdale Green is returning to regular season play after going winless at the Inter Regional event earlier this month. Earlier this season, the Green Rams won against Stony Brook, Northeastern and Oswego who are all on the schedule once again. Farmingdale Black will also join Green on Saturday for three games. Two of those three will be against Northeastern University who Farmingdale defeated 3-2 to close out their first semester of play. In between those two games is a rematch with Stony Brook as the Black Rams look to respond after falling 3-0 on Long Island.
A four-game slate awaits Oswego with their weekend beginning against the aforementioned Farmingdale Green Rams who they lost to in blowout fashion earlier this season. Games against Northeastern, UMass and Stony Brook will follow. The D4 Seawolves are coming off a rather poor showing in Sewell and could use this weekend as a chance to bounce back. Stony Brook’s four games include both Farmingdale clubs, UMass and Oswego. Stony Brook recorded wins against Oswego and each of the Farmingdale teams during pre-season.
Northeastern’s D4 squad will look to build off a 4-3 win over Stony Brook from last weekend as the Huskies have games against Farmingdale Green, Oswego and two against Farmingdale Black. Northeastern suffered losses to each of these three teams in Feasterville during the first semester. Last up from D4 is the University of Massachusetts who are still looking for their first win of the season. Only two games are on tap for the Minutemen as Stony Brook and Oswego await.